About the Epidemiology & Public Health Program

Our expanding program consists of several faculty members. Additional participating faculty members belong to interdepartmental programs, such as Toxicology, Food Science & Technology, Genetics, Reproduction, and Neuroscience.

Faculty and graduate students in the program also are conducting research and receiving training that spans the spectrum of acute and chronic diseases of importance to domestic and wild animal and human populations.

Graduate Program

The graduate program in Epidemiology & Public Health offers an MS in epidemiology (thesis option) and a departmental PhD (with an emphasis in epidemiology), which prepares students for leadership roles in epidemiological study design, evaluation, and professional research, in both animal and human populations. Completion of a dissertation is required for the PhD degree through this program. In addition, a thesis or non-thesis MS degree in Veterinary Public Health is offered with the approval of a program faculty advisor.

Enrollment & Opportunities

The program enrolls approximately 10–20 graduate students each year and offers numerous opportunities for student collaboration with faculty. Admission to the program in Epidemiology & Public Health requires approval by the program, the VIBS department, and the Texas A&M Office of Graduate Studies (OGAPS).


The program offers numerous opportunities for student collaboration with faculty. Our program als has ongoing collaborative relationships with the USDA, the DHS National Center for Foreign Animal and Zoonotic Disease Defense, the Texas Animal Health Commission, the USDA Southern Plains Research Facility, and multiple departments throughout the Texas A&M University System.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information, or with any questions.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Dr. Christine M. Budke • 979.458.2154 • CBudke@cvm.tamu.edu
Professor, Associate Department Head & Coordinator for the Epidemiology & Public Health Graduate Program

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